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It’s been quite a senior year for Indian Land High School star athlete Rondreas Truesdale.
The record-setting quarterback produced a stellar football season, leading the Warriors to a 7-4 mark and a second straight home berth in the Class AA Upper State playoffs.
He led the state in rushing 2,210 yards and scored 37 touchdowns this season.
Truesdale also became the fifth Warriors’ player to earn selection to the annual North-South All-Star football game at Myrtle Beach last December.
When Truesdale returned, he went right to work on the Indian Land wrestling team, led by his brother Rondale Truesdale, also a former IL state wrestling champion.
A gifted athlete, Truesdale, who is headed to NCAA Div. II power Delta State University to play football, continued his success on the mat.
As a junior, Truesdale fell short of a coveted state wrestling title in the 160-pound weight class, finishing as the state runner-up.
A year later, Truesdale achieved his goal.
The 165-pound wrestler competed in the 182-pound weight class and won the state championship with a 3-1 decision over Carlos Dubois of Eau Claire High School in Columbia.
After a scoreless first period, Truesdale took the lead and kept the upper hand to earn the Class A-AA 182-pound state crown.
“I was hungry,” said Truesdale of his quest for the state title. “It was about speed and determination.”
In his quest for the 182-pound state crown, Truesdale faced foes with an average 15-pound edge, but despite the odds, he met the challenge.
“This shows that size doesn’t matter,” said Truesdale, who was also selected for the annual North-South All-Star wrestling tournament at North Myrtle Beach High School last weekend. “It’s how bad you want it. There’s no such thing as being too small.”
Truesdale should know, as he now stands tall with the state’s best on the mat.
Last week, he was also awarded the first Mike Kersey Spirit Award, named for the late Kersey, who coached Truesdale at Indian Land High before his death last fall.
Chances are more state gold is in store for Truesdale, the defending Class A-AA state track champion in the 110 high hurdles.
Truesdale has already displayed that he’s quite capable of eclipsing his previous year’s success.
We salute Truesdale’s success, including his recent state wrestling title, and wish him the best as he winds up a splendid high school athletic career and goes into the larger arena of collegiate sports.